Helicopters were circling above.
Sirens could be heard on the Jerusalem, Israel streets as we sat to eat our last meal in the sukkah for this Sukkot holiday. A second day, two more funerals for murdered Jews, killed by Arab terrorists.
It was only ten days ago, before the Sukkot holiday, Israeli government officials would not use the word “intifada” to describe the constant terror attacks by Arabs on Jewish residents of Jerusalem.
Now the likes of vile George Galloway tweets
The murders of four Israelis has made this holiday season so very difficult. Enjoying the holiday family time, is not simple with such extreme lows.
The 60th Jerusalem Parade,with tens of thousands from around the world joyously celebrating on Thursday afternoon, seems like a dream.
Israeli security is on alert. It has been increased over the past few weeks.
The Jerusalem municipality built this new road into Jabel Mukaber.
How did its residents show their thanks?
By throwing fire bombs toward Armon Hanatziv and its Israeli residents across the road.
Israeli police opened a lookout below,
with this towering fence above.
15 times in one week!
Enough to finally get action against the constant flow of fire bombs to these homes. It is a miracle that someone was not killed by this constant barrage. These were not random childish pranks, but organized violent attacks.
Now incitement has resulted in tragic killings.
President Reuven Rivlin this morning, delivered the following eulogy at the funeral of Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, one of two men murdered in last night’s terrorist attack on Jerusalem’s Old City. From a GPO press release:
Dear Lavi family, parents Yechezkiel and Tirza, Neta and your children – Aron, Sara, Tzivia, Yisrael Zvi, Chana, Ruth Shira, and little Dvir. Nechemia, Rabbi Nechemia, I stand here aside you, on your final journey, and look at your lovely children, so beautifully named, and at your wife, and my heart refuses to believe we are here.
“Save us, the murdered need you.” So we said in this morning’s prayers on Hoshanah Raba (the last day of the Tabernacles festival). Each year we say these same words, yet this time, these words were more bitter, more painful, more poignant than ever. How could it happen, that on the evening of Hoshana Raba, Jews were murdered on their way to the Western Wall.
“I will be his safety, from my hand shall you ask it,” (Genesis 43:9). So said Judah of Benjamin, and so you behaved, Nechemia, when you left the safety of your house, to answer the calls for help. You were slain, and died for your people, for your nation, for your country, for your homeland. You fell while keeping guard over us. The responsibility you took, your shared concern, your dedication to the well-being of others, lit your way as a student of the Torah, as a teacher, as a rabbi, as a soldier, and as a father. In your dedication to others, and you limitless sacrifice, out of the love for Israel that beat within your heart, you left a will and testament of love and sacrifice for your children.
Even though you won’t be near them, and will not be able to steep their education with noble values, they will never forget your heroism and your love. We too will not forget.
My dear, family members, pupils, we are in a difficult, daily and ongoing struggle. The labor and pain of building – creating this land, and building Jerusalem; the growing pains – these pains were and still are intense. Sometimes, like today, these are actually excruciating painful. Our enemies know how to hurt us, but will not defeat us. The fight against terrorism requires determination and inner fortitude. We will reach the killers of the innocent and pure, and we will reach their inciters and their dispatchers, and will deliver them a stinging blow.
In your name, and on behalf of the entire nation, I want to offer my support for the security forces, operating decisively at this time around Jerusalem, and throughout the land of Israel against the murderers.
I grew up in Jerusalem, at a time when we were forbidden by use of force to reach the Western Wall. I was a child in the days when blowing a Shofar near at the Western Wall was grounds for arrest by the British mandate. Those days will not return. We cannot, under any circumstance be afraid to reach the Western Wall, which is the remains of our Temple. This year I was fortunate to pray at the Western Wall, in the presence of a great crowd, for the Hakhel ceremony. I call on all pilgrims to continue to come the the Old City. We must keep on waking on the same stones that Rabbi Nehemiah and Aaron walked along, and prove through our actions that terrorism will fail to harm our way of life.
Dear Neta, in letter written by Nehemiah to his fellow IDF reserve unit members, he thanked you, and I quote: “The real volunteer is my wife at the home-front, who took on her shoulders alone the daily routine of the house during my absence.” Now it remains up to you to raise and educate your children. But under no circumstances will you be alone. We are all here with you. We will be with you.
PA leaders will not condemn the killings and their followers celebrate stabbing babies and murder.
We struggle to find simcha going into the Simchat Torah holiday, but we are thankful for those who stand on guard against evil.